Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

Daily Bible Verse

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Patrick T. McWilliams: God's Law: The Wisdom of Israel

We have seen that the 10 Commandments serve as general summary statements of the unchanging moral standards of God which are innately known by every human being created in the image of God. We have also seen that the judicial case laws given to Israel function as extensions and applications of those same general principles. If these premises are accepted, then one must conclude that Israel’s case laws are still authoritative, in accordance with the principle of general equity, just as surely as man is bound by the law embedded in his conscience. The implications of this conclusion have bearing not only on the personal lives of individual Christians, but for the political and judicial spheres as well. If governing authorities function as ministers of God to suppress evil (Romans 13:1-6), they must have a standard for legislation that defines good and evil. To this end, there can be no greater standard or example than that which is provided by God Himself. In the words of John W. Robbins, “The Old Testament…is the oldest textbook in political freedom… Because the Bible is divinely revealed information, it furnishes us with the principles we need to defend a free society.”

Patrick T. Williams
From:  God's Law:  The Wisdom of Israel

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